It pains me to write this, but I have to be honest here. Wolfenstein: Youngblood is bad. It’s really, really bad and wasn’t even worth downloading on Xbox Game Pass.
The only good thing I can say that Youngblood does really well is combat. Everything else is shit. The story, characters, protagonists, and even the soundtrack. How could MachineGames fuck up this badly after making two brilliant Wolfenstein games before this? This game is nearly intolerable. I understand wanting to create a girl power video game that caters to a certain audience. I have no problem with that. You could’ve at least made the protagonist and characters surrounding them interesting.
Who is this game for? If you’re going to take away one of the most iconic FPS protagonists of all time you’ve better replace him with someone really fucking good. Not his two annoying little girls that do nothing but make jokes, puke, and treat the situation they’re in like a fucking game. It’s not just them I have a problem with. It’s the game design. I preferred the way The New Order and New Colossus were designed over this shit.
This game has a main hub that serves no purpose other than to make a short game seem longer than what it is and all of the quest are fucking stupid. I just want to enjoy the main story, but I had no idea what the main story was because none of it is separated. And if it was I didn’t pay any attention to it because by the time I did get to the hub area I was already ready to quit this game and uninstall it from my Xbox. But I didn’t. I powered on and went through the hospital area. I killed my way downstairs and rescued some lady. There was no cinematic cutscene of the rescue. It just happened like a side quest would, but they made this woman sound so important so I thought I would at least get a cinematic cutscene of her rescue.
I also don’t like all of the pandering in this game. I understand wanting to go in a different direction in Wolfenstein. I mean… Halo tried to get away from Master Chief and we all saw what happened there right? So… MachineGames replaced B.J Blazcowicz with his two daughters and that would have been okay if they were likable. They’re not. They’re not likable at all. But every other cast member except one person is a female as well and it just seemed like pandering to SJWs to me. I have no problem with strong female characters. I love Tomb Raider, Metroid, etc, but none of those games felt forced like this one. Tomb Raider had a diverse cast of characters that felt natural to the story. Metroid is about a badass female bounty hunter kicking all kinds of alien ass. Maybe I’m looking too deep into this, but I don’t like it. I don’t like that I’m not B.J Blazkowicz, I don’t like his stupid kids, and I don’t like this game at all.
It’s a completely different game than the previous two and not in a good way. Once I fought enemies with red skulls over their head I checked out. I couldn’t put up with this shit anymore. Why do enemies in a fucking Wolfenstein game have red skulls over their heads like this is a fucking MMO? It’s not. It’s a god damn Wolfenstein game. It shouldn’t have this shit in it. So I uninstalled it and came here to write my thoughts down on it.
It’s no wonder that this game flopped as hard as it did. I have no idea if this game gets political or not later on and I have no intention to find out. Youngblood is not a good Wolfenstein game. It’s completely different than the two that released before it and I’m officially worried about the future of this series. Will we get that third game in the trilogy? And, more importantly, will it be any good?
What did you think of Wolfenstein: Youngblood?